yes at first

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yes at first yougo down smooth aspills, all of mebreathes you in and then it's

a kick in the head, orangeand brutal, sharp jewelshit and myhair splinters

the adjectivesfall away from me, nothreads left holdingme, I flake apartlayer bylayer downquietly to the bone, my skullunfolds to an astounded flower

regrowing the body, learningspeech again takesdays and longereach time / too much ofthis is fatal

© Margaret Atwood